A float through the steep walled Gunnison Gorge is recognized as one of the top fly fishing and white water rafting trips in the lower 48. This National Conservation Area lies just downstream of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and features spectacular scenery, interesting geology, sightings of varied wildlife, and most importantly excellent fly fishing for rainbow and brown trout. Trophy rainbows measuring 20”+ are the prize of the “Gunny”.
A mixture of class II and III+ rapids, makes this 14 mile stretch of river a challenging whitewater experience. This is a wilderness trip where encounters with people are limited and sightings of wildlife are common. Desert bighorn sheep, river otters, mule deer, eagles, hawks and other bird life are regularly sighted.
The premier whitewater rafting trip in Southwest Colorado, is the Black Canyon’s Gunnison Gorge. This National Conservation Area is located directly downstream from the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. A mixture of class II and III+ rapids, makes this 14 mile stretch of river a challenging whitewater experience.
From the cabin doorsteps, old farm roads along the river extend to a winding single track that climbs to the top of the mesa overlooking the farm and meanders back to link up with the main road at the farm’s entrance. This is a lovely 4.5 mile excursion that climbs near sheer cliff walls, past desert wildflowers and archaeological rock formations. The 4.5 miles can be stretched to over 10 miles with different extensions of the trail that take explorers further downstream just above the riverbed or upstream along another river overlook.
From Rim Glass Studio in Crawford to Big B’s Fabulous Juices in Hotchkiss, country stores selling specialty items line the winding country roads and old western-town street fronts. There are endless options for day trips away from the farm, ranging from shops and antiques, to orchards and outdoor activities.